Many of us have been dissuaded at one time or the other from using the expression “and/or” in legal documentation. Despite inherent ambiguities, its use continues to be quite extensive. I came across this interesting piece containing detailed research on the topic, with the unequivocal conclusion: desist from using it.
Umakanth Varottil is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He specializes in corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions and cross-border investments. Prior to his foray into academia, Umakanth was a partner at a pre-eminent law firm in India.